Monday, 3 March 2014

The Cherries put in a dominant performance

Saturday's win against Doncaster has set the standard for home games now. AFCB need Dean Court to be a fortress and this is the first time this season when the Cherries have really put a team to the sword. The dominance was very evident in the second half and while the goals came at good times the players earned the right to play some keep ball towards the end of the game.
AFCB looked a top Championship side in every aspect on Saturday.
You do start to wonder whether the current back four are now going to make it extremely difficult for Daniels, Ward and Smith to get an opportunity to come into the side. I am pleased for those who are doing well and I don't see why anything needs to change while things are working well on the pitch. The clean sheet has been coming but not many fans would have expected AFCB to show quite how on top of another they could be at this level. The stats do point towards the kind of display that is difficult to fault. But I bet Eddie will find something that the team could have done better. AFCB had  26 shots and 11 on target. I am not sure when Doncaster managed to have their eight attempts, but Camp certainly had an easier afternoon than he would have expected with only two saves to make. 

The corner count really does point out how on top Bournemouth were with 10 compared to none. When you know that you are facing a team with strong heading power and a team that is good at set-pieces you want to stop them getting chances from these instances. AFCB nullified the strongest points of Doncaster's game and the opposition just did not get a chance to get into the game.

But there was also plenty of creativity about the Cherries and the movement up front with Fraser and Surman I thought was especially good. Now that the ice has been broken in terms of putting away chances it is only right that Eddie Howe demands similar standards from his players in the coming games.

You can catch up on in depth discussion on the AFCB v Doncaster game on All Departments latest Kangaroo Court. The podcast is also on Cherry Chimes right hand panel of the blog, scroll down and click on the sound bar. There's also a Jeff Mostyn interview below it.

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